An incident involving a teenager who crashed headfirst into a tree has highlighted the importance of always wearing your bike helmet.
The 17-year-old suffered a moderate head injury after he crashed off his bike at Woodhill Mountain Bike Park, northwest of Auckland, on Thursday.
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust spokesperson Kerrie Spicer says the Westpac 2 chopper crew were dispatched to the scene at 2.45pm.
“The teenager had been with a school group at the time of the incident and was riding his mountain bike when he hit a tree root, went over the handlebars and crashed head first into a tree.
“Luckily he had been wearing a helmet because I his injury would have been a lot worse.”
Upon arriving at the scene, an ARHT Intensive Care Paramedic was winched down to the patient and he was treated for a head injury.
The teenager was subsequently airlifted to Auckland City Hospital in a moderate condition.